By Karla Adam January 7 at 3:33 PM
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks during the 2016 Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Candidates Forum on Dec. 3 in Washington. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON — Donald Trump has been accused of throwing “a temper tantrum” by the person behind a petition calling for the Republican presidential candidate to be banned from Britain.
Suzanne Kelly, a writer from Aberdeen who set up the petition, criticized Trump following his threats to pull 700 million pounds ($1 billion) of planned investment in his golf courses in Scotland if he is denied entry into Britain.
“The irony of a man who wants to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. throwing a temper tantrum over being similarly banned himself is apparent to everyone except the tycoon himself,” Kelly said in an emailed statement.
[url=x-apple-data-detectors://2]On Jan. 18[/url], British lawmakers will debate two petitions posted on a government website: One, with more than 570,000 signatures, calling for Trump to be banned from the United Kingdom, and a second, signed by over 41,000 people, arguing that such a ban is “totally illogical.”
There will not be a vote at the end of the debate. But British Home Secretary Theresa May reserves the right to block entry to people if she considers them not to be “conducive to the public good.”
Kelly launched the petition to ban Trump before the billionaire businessman called for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States — comments that were widely condemned around the world — but it quickly gained steam after the incendiary remarks.
On Wednesday, the Trump Organization said it would abandon 200 million pounds ($290 million) of planned investments to the Trump Turnberry golf course and a further 500 million pounds ($730 million) to Trump International Golf Links near Aberdeen if he were barred from the U.K.
“Any action to restrict travel would force The Trump Organization to immediately end these and all future investments we are currently contemplating in the United Kingdom,” George Sorial, executive vice president and counsel for the Trump Organization, said in the statement.
It continued: “Westminster would create a dangerous precedent and send a terrible message to the World that the United Kingdom opposes free speech and has no interest in attracting inward investment.”
Although British Prime Minister David Cameron has called Trump’s comments “divisive, stupid and wrong,” he indicated that Trump should not be banned from Britain. Instead, he said a visit by Trump would “unite us all against him.”
Trump’s controversial comments on Muslims have already prompted Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to drop him as a business ambassador and Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen to strip him of his honorary degree.